like many people who perform in front of the camera, he also longed to direct a film. he has done so with a film called "quartet." in the article, he talked a lot about how that side of the camera taught him a lot about compromise. he has never been known for being a compromiser. he is a talented and exacting performer who has wowed us in films like the graduate, tootsie, and rainman. now, as a director, he had to make a lot of people happy, and that takes a talent for compromise. i talk to a lot of mid-level managers in my business and they tell me that many younger people in the workforce need some training in this area. let's face it: we've often made compromise a dirty word. it seems to mean giving in, or worse, giving up. but the dictionary says it can also mean, to agree to reach an accord. business writer tom peters talks about great companies having loose/tight principles: tight commitments to purpose and performance, but loose, as in willing to adjust, when it comes to execution. i know its tough, but two good questions to ponder this week are: where do i need to be a little less rigid and still get the job done? where do i need to compromise?